There are 2 main definitions of mahoe in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

mahoe1

Syllabification: ma·hoe
Pronunciation: /məˈhō, ˈmäˌhō
 
/

noun

A small bushy New Zealand tree of the violet family, with whitish bark and clusters of small greenish flowers.
  • Melicytus ramiflorus, family Violaceae
Example sentences
  • A beautiful evergreen tree with red, orange, or yellow flowers, blue mahoe is native to Jamaica.

Origin

early 19th century: from Maori.

Definition of mahoe in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

There are 2 main definitions of mahoe in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

mahoe2

Syllabification: ma·hoe
Pronunciation: /məˈhō
 
/

noun

West Indian
Any of a number of tropical trees and shrubs yielding bast that is used to make cordage.
Example sentences
  • The blue mahoe (Hibiscus elatus) could have been brought to Jamaica from Cuba by the Arawaks to be used for bark rope (Adams 1971).

Origin

from Arawak maho.

Definition of mahoe in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?